Annaghkeen Castle

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Annaghkeen Castle is a late 13th century hall-house and is thought to be Ireland’s oldest example of a castle built entirely from undressed stone. It was built along with the nearby Cargin Castle by the Norman DeBurgo family to defend the Manor of Headford from incursions across Lough Corrib by the rival O’Flaherty clan. The DeBurgos became more completely Hibernicised than any other Norman family in Ireland. They proclaimed themselves chiefs in the old Irish fashion and adopted Brehon Law, the indigenous system of law dating from Celtic times.

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